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Opening panel: Focus on Colombia: Policy & Practice

29 July 2021 | Online

This event was held on Zoom on 29 July, 13:00 – 14:30 (BST) / 07:00 – 08:30am (COT).

Join us for a conversation about the Colombian context in terms of peacebuilding, conflict and justice, with a special focus on gender and how it has evolved on the national agenda, from the perspective of policymakers in the transitional justice and peacebuilding framework.

This event was held in Spanish with English translation.


Chair: Professor Angelika Rettberg ( @rettberg_a ) is a Co-Director on the Gender, Justice and Security and Professor of Political Science, Universidad de los Andes.

Alexandra Sandoval is currently vice-president, magistrate of the Amnesty or Pardon Chamber and coordinator of the Gender Commission of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP @JEP_Colombia ). She has worked as a senior attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide, as an auxiliary magistrate at the Council of State, and as a senior attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She studied Law at the Universidad de los Andes and holds a Masters degree in Human Rights and International Criminal Law at the University of Utrecht.

Julieta Lemaitre is a Magistrate in the Room for Acknowledgment of Truth, Responsibility, and the Determination of Facts and Conducts Special Jurisdiction for Peace, created by the Peace Agreement in Colombia, and professor at the Universidad de los Andes. She was a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the same university. Her academic work has focused on law and social mobilisation, law and violence, violence against women and sexual and reproductive rights. She holds a law degree from the Universidad de los Andes (1995), a Masters degree in Gender and Religious Studies from New York University (1997) and a PhD in Law (SJD) from Harvard University with a specialisation in law and social theory.

Alejandra Coll Agudelo ( @alejandracollag ) is a lawyer and member of the Gender Working Group, Truth Commission. She holds a Masters in Gender Studies from the University of Hull and the University of Granada. She is a researcher on women’s human rights, access to land, and sexual and reproductive rights. She has worked at the Ombudsman’s Office, USAID, the Women’s Pacific Route, and Women’s Link Worldwide as a legal advisor. She is currently an analyst in the gender working group of the Truth Clarification Commission ( @ComisionVerdadC ).

Emilio Archila ( @EmilioJArchila ) is a Presidential Advisor for Stabilization and Consolidation. He is a lawyer from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, a specialist in Financial Legislation from the Universidad de los Andes, a specialist in Development Law, from the International Development Law Institute (Rome) and holds a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University, School of Law, New York. He has served as Director of the Legal Office of the Ministry of Economic Development, a Delegate for Insurance of the Banking Superintendence of Colombia, a Delegate for the Promotion of Competition of the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce, Superintendent of Industry and Commerce, President of Asobolsa, Director of the Department of Economic Law of the Universidad Externado de Colombia and Consultant at the firm Archila Abogados.

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